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Governing Board

Contacting the Governing Board

To contact a member of the Governing Board, please telephone or e-mail Mrs Clements in the School Office who will pass on your details and requests.

School telephone number: 020 8954 3978

School e-mail: office@stjohns.harrow.sch.uk

The Revd Matthew Stone (Chair)

Matthew is Rector of St John’s Church Stanmore and has been a governor since 2014 (and Chair of Governors since 2015).  He is a member of the Christian Ethos Committee and Staffing Committee, as well as the designated governor for safeguarding. Matthew is married to Becky, a high school teacher, and they have one child who attends St John’s School and a son who has no progressed to high school. Prior to moving to Stanmore, Matthew was Vicar of All Saints’ Queensbury for six years during which time he was Chair of Governors to a local infant school and junior school.  Matthew has an interest in education and a desire to see all children flourish to the best of their ability. Prior to ordination Matthew worked in retail banking and then for The Prince’s Trust.


Mrs Jo Hester - Headteacher

Mr Graham Nicholson

Mr Andrew Morgan

The Revd Dr. John Barker


Mrs Rachel Lacey

Dr. Abigail Miranda

Foundation Governor appointed by the LDBS

I am a member of the Standards and Achievement Committee and the Pay and Review Committee and I am the lead governor for Early Years.      

I work for the London Borough of Harrow as an Educational Psychologist (EP) within the Early Years team. Prior to qualifying as an EP, I have worked in a Youth Offending Service, a secondary school and a Social Services department. I am passionate about ensuring positive outcomes for all, especially vulnerable children and families.

I have two children aged 3 and 5, so my free time is their time! When I do have some spare time I enjoy curling up with a book. I worship at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church in Harrow, and I very much wanted to be a part of a faith school due to my own faith. I am honoured to be a Governor at St John’s and thank everyone for making me feel welcome so far and hope to provide positive input during my time at the school. 

Mrs Tracey James

I have two children, one who is still at St Johns. I have previously been involved with the PFA, where I held the position of Chair for 2 years.  My professional background is in financial services and during many years in this sector I assisted numerous individuals and corporate organisations. I now run my own business supporting small to medium sized companies with planning, strategy, development and communication. I am a regular worshipper at All Saints Harrow Weald, where I am also a member of the PCC. With regard to the governing body, I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.

Mr Edwin Afeku

Elected Parent Governor

I am the parent of young pupil and a toddler who is, for want of a better idiom, ‘champing at the bit’ to start at St John’s, so I have many years to look forward to at our wonderful school. My wife is a project manager at the British Library - a wonderful place to discover, learn, play and be inspired.  My academic background is in oil and gas management with particular interest and focus on Health, Safety and Environmental issues. I currently work at TfL as an operational staff with responsibility for Health and Safety. My current role affords me the flexibility to work nights so I am able to really cherish these early years with my children. Prior to working for TfL, I was a relationship manager in a bank for 4 years.  In order to make the best use of my time and expertise within the governing body, I will be serving on the Finance and Premises committee.  As a Parent Governor I will be challenging our school to strengthen its reputation within the wider community. I will also be supporting its Christian ethos, aims and values of providing a healthy and safe environment for our children. An environment that generates excitement and a sense of wellbeing about coming to school. An environment that recognises individuals and develops resilient children confident enough to always “reach for the stars”. 

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Mr Chris Tapp

Co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body

I have been the Pastor of Stanmore Chapel since September 2018. Prior to that I spent eight years serving as an Assistant Minister at churches in St Albans and in the West End of London. Before going into full-time church work I was the Chief Executive of a national money education and debt help charity.

I am married to Erica and we have three children; all of whom currently attend St John’s. We feel very blessed to be part of the St John’s school community and so I am passionate, as well as personally invested, in seeing the school continue to progress and thrive whilst retaining its clear, Christian ethos.

I am also a keen player and watcher of sports, particularly football (especially my beloved Stockport County). As the son of two geography teachers I have also inherited a love of maps.

I chair the Christian Ethos Committee and also sit on Standards & Achievements.

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Miss Kelly Kehn

An MBA graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business, I work as the Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping businesses progress their Diversity, Equality and Inclusion efforts across the world.
I am mother to two children, George and Eleanor. George attends St. John's and is currently in Key Stage 2.  I hope my position as Governor will allow me to contribute to a school that has already given us so much support, love and happiness.
Having led businesses and teams in the US (where I'm from), Canada and the UK, I hope my business experience and my passion for people will contribute to the good works and future plans for the school.  I love taking an active role in my family's life and this position will allow me to better understand the challenges the school is facing and use my unique perspective to drive change. 

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Mr Dan Escott

I joined as a Foundation Governor in November 2021, having been appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools. Since then, I have served as a member of the Christian Ethos Committee and the Standards and Achievement Committee.

I have worked at Harrow School as an Economics teacher since 2019, also taking an active pastoral role in a boarding house and being in charge of several sports teams – my favourite sport being cricket, which I still enjoy playing as well as coaching! My other hobbies include chess and guitar.

I have had a passion for all things education for as long as I can remember, and I used to visit primary schools to help with Maths and reading when I was a student myself, something I still do now with a group of students that I teach. As such, I feel honoured and excited to be a part of St John’s governing body.

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Jon Stephen

I have been a Foundation Governor since September 2021 and was appointed by the PCC of St John’s Church in Stanmore, which is also the church my wife and I were married in.  I am a regular church-goer and hold my faith very dear to me.

I grew up in Stanmore and currently still reside locally in Pinner, with my wife and son.

My professional background is in accounting and finance, and I work as a Commercial Finance manager at one of the “Big 4” accounting firms.  I enjoy playing football and running in my spare time.

Presently I am serving on both the Finance & Premises and Admissions Committee and am the Governor for reading.

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